From “He's too nice” to “Some day”: Using photography to understand what urban students want to learn in school
Children and Youth Speak for Themselves
ISBN: 978-1-84950-734-9, eISBN: 978-1-84950-735-6
Publication date: 17 March 2010
In the city setting in which this chapter's photographic investigation took place, high school dropout rates have remained at or above 50% for better than three decades. The research on which this chapter reports began with a photographic inquiry into urban youths' foundational perceptions of school itself, as well as their insights into the impediments to and supports for their school success. This examination revealed some of the reasons behind the multi-generational community disengagement that have lead to the strained relationship to schools represented by these graduation rate statistics. Grounded in critical pedagogy, “new literacy” and visual sociology traditions, this study looked to visually based mechanisms for research tools with which city students are already proficient. The findings presented here suggest that these tools can not only provide previously inaccessible data on school detachment but also supply perspectives on what these youth want to learn in school – lessons that might support their re-engagement with these institutions.
Zenkov, K. (2010), "From “He's too nice” to “Some day”: Using photography to understand what urban students want to learn in school", Beth Johnson, H. (Ed.) Children and Youth Speak for Themselves (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Vol. 13), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 233-263. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1537-4661(2010)0000013012
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